Should I file a lawsuit if I’ve suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after using military-issued earplugs?

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Servicemembers Who Used Dual-Ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs Version 2 May Have Legal Claims

Military personnel who worked in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 until 2015 were commonly provided with dual-ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs Version 2. These earplugs were supposed to protect them from developing hearing loss or tinnitus caused by the loud noises they commonly encounter in their work.

Unfortunately, not all dual-ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs Version 2 worked as expected, and defective earplugs may have allowed servicemen and women to be exposed to noise levels that resulted in lasting injuries such as tinnitus and hearing loss.

In a settlement between the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and 3M, the manufacturer of the dual-ended Combat Arms™ Earplugs Version 2, the DOJ alleged that 3M knew of a design defect in these earplugs. Specifically, it was alleged that the earplugs were too short and could fall out. 3M did not admit liability for this alleged design defect but did settle the case with the DOJ for $9.1 million.

An Experienced Attorney Can Help You Protect Your Rights

The DOJ settlement money will not be passed along to you. Instead, you are going to have to take action to make a recovery for the serious injury that you suffered because of the defective earplugs you were issued.

Our experienced lawyers are here to help you every step of the way. We can help servicemembers nationwide protect their rights. Call us or fill out our online contact form today to learn more about us, about how we can help you, and about the no fee guarantee that we can offer you. Together, let’s work to get you the fair compensation you deserve for the tinnitus or hearing loss injury you’ve suffered.

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